by Jac Kern
Photography’s bad boy, Tyler Shields, returns
to Cincinnati for another exhibit at Miller Gallery, kicked off with an opening
reception in Over-the-Rhine Friday. Known for his controversial celebrity
photos, Shields last exhibited at Miller Gallery in October as part of
FotoFocus. Now he’s back showing off his latest collection of photos, Suspense, featuring images of people
falling, floating and flipping across striking backgrounds. Friday’s opening is
a pop-up gallery party at the Hanke Building (1130 Main St., OTR). VIP $50
tickets grant 8 p.m. admission, free valet parking, an open bar and photo op
with Shields. General admission from 9 p.m.-midnight is $10 and includes three
drink tickets. It’s
sure to be a super party and a great chance to brush shoulders with the “who’s
who” of the art community. Proceeds benefit Flashes of Hope, a national nonprofit with the
mission to photograph every child with cancer until every child is cured. Buy tickets here or bring cash at the door.
Across the river in Newport, Powerhouse
Factories celebrates music festival season with a Summer
Shindig Friday. Enjoy live music from The Pinstripes, a great view from
Powerhouse’s patio, great deals on the factory’s excellent assortment music
posters (BOGO half-off) and frosty beers from MadTree Brewery. The free party
runs 6 p.m.-midnight.
The Fringe Festival continues this weekend
(through June 8), with plenty of original, unusual and just plan weird theater performances throughout the city. Go here
for performance reviews, a complete
festival schedule and the official festival guide. And getcho Fringe on!
The 46th annual Summerfair takes
over Coney Island Friday-Sunday. This festival, one of the oldest continuous
art fairs in the country, features more than 300 fine artists, crafters, youth
arts organizations and performers exhibiting and selling photographs, pottery,
textiles, jewelry and much more.
a Shark or a Jet? A Greaser or a Soc? A Mod or a Rocker? Do you rock a scooter
or a motorcycle? Either way, folks from “both sides of the tracks” will come
together this weekend for the Queen City Mods & Rockers Rally, a
weekend-long event to promote unity between both types of motor enthusiasts.
Events include family-friendly rides, a pin-up girl contest, a bike rally,
happy hour, a group breakfast and more. A $30 pass gets you admission to all
the three-day events. Go here
for more info.
For more art, shows, festivals, concerts and
events to check out this weekend, peep our To Do picks
by Jac Kern
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Cincinnati’s annual seasonal art celebration, Summerfair, returns for the 45th year at Coney Island
this weekend. The festival includes 300 crafters and fine artists from around
town, the country and Canada as well as performers and food vendors. Peruse photography, glass and wood works,
ceramics, fiber arts and more as you explore one of the longest running arts
and crafts fairs in the nation. Admission is $10 (parking included). Summerfair
runs, rain or shine, 2-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5
p.m. Sunday. Tonight at Coney’s Moonlite gardens, Cincy Chic presents the
Little Black Dress party and fashion show. Summerfair’s artworks get a fierce
makeover at this event, which also features drinks and dancing from 7-11 p.m.
Tickets are $15.
Freestyle rap battle-meets-Draw Something: that’s how Ghost
Empire Collective describes its Art of War show tonight. In the largest GEC
event yet, seven artists from the collective will compete in a live art tournament.
An MC will randomly select a card with a word on it for each artist, who will
have 10 minutes to draw their subject (none of the artists have any idea what
mystery subjects appear on the cards). Once their time is up, the audience will
vote via applause for their favorites. The fun will continue until one artist
remains. The Art of War goes down at The Avenue Lounge in Covington. Admission
is free; the show begins at 10 p.m.
Bike month is over, y’all and there are some new
two-wheelers in town. The inaugural Queen City Mods & Rockers Rally celebrates
scooters (mods) and motorcyclists (rockers) with a group ride and celebration
Saturday. The ride kicks off at noon at Fuel Coffee in the East End, where scooters and bikes
will split up for two different scenic routes and eventually meet in Rabbit
Hash, then back north to Hoffner Park in Northside around 3 p.m. The rally at
the park (2-8 p.m.) will feature grub, live music, art, and lots of car-less
fun. Heat things up with a retro fashion show and pinup girl contest, hosted by
the Cincinnati Rollergirls. Afterwards, the group will migrate to The Comet
from 9-11 p.m. Find registration, a full route and schedule here.
You don’t have to brave the city’s core to have fun this
weekend, though. St. James Orthodox Christian Church in Loveland presents its
annual Mediterranean Food Festival through Sunday. Enjoy Middle Eastern music,
belly dancers, rides and games for kids and more authentic food you than can
throw a falafel at! Have your fill of kibbeh, grape leaves, shawarma, gyros and
more, 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-10 p.m. Sunday.
Always clever with a theme, Dance_MF embraces June’s National
Safety Month status for its monthly event Saturday. Strap on your neon safety
suit and boogie down to Northside Tavern from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. You can dance if
you want to…This weekend is a great chance to check out some Fringe Festival performances. Go here for show reviews, schedules, ticket information and more.